scurvy

Treat Scurvy Naturally

Scurvy, also known as the sailor’s disease for it’s prevalence amongst sailors in years gone by, is rarely seen now and only in those that avoid vitamin C in their diets. It is predominantly seen in children, especially those who are picky eaters, and those who avoid fresh and raw fruits and veggies in their diets. Fresh/ raw is the key to preventing scurvy, as cooked veggies lose much of their nutritional value during the cooking process. Alcoholics who drain their bodies of nutrients, and the elderly who may be malnourished are also seen most frequently with scurvy symptoms.

 

How do I know if I have scurvy?

  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Pain in the legs
  • Small red-blue spots
  • Swollen, bleeding gums
  • Severe joint pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Redness and swelling in healed wounds
  • Easily bruised skin
  • Jaundice
  • Edema
  • Lack of appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever

 

How can I prevent scurvy?

The number one way to prevent scurvy is to eat a diet full of fruits and vegetables so that you’re getting your daily recommended amount of vitamin C.

 

How can I treat scurvy?

Because scurvy is caused by a deficiency in vitamin C, remedies for scurvy focus on quickly getting vitamin C back into your diet and into your body.

  • Make a lemon and honey mixture in a cup of water; drink twice a day until symptoms are gone.
  • Make a gooseberry powder, mix with powdered sugar, dissolve in water and drink once a day; it helps restore your body’s chemical balance.
  • Drink orange juice and eat oranges! They are high in Vitamin C. Also enjoy kiwi, grapefruit, cantaloupe, and tomatoes.
  • Potatoes are also a good source of vitamin C. Cook some up in whatever style you enjoy them and have them .
  • Eat greens such as broccoli, cabbage, sweet peppers, spinach, etc.
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